Truckee Rodeo this weekend |

Truckee Rodeo this weekend

For over 25 years, Truckee River Regional Park has been transformed for three days in early August as riders, ropers and wranglers come strutting into town.

The Annual Truckee Championship Rodeo is back this weekend and kicks off today with a free kids day at McIver Arena from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children will be treated to free hot dogs, soda and ice cream as well as the antics of rodeo clowns and bullfighters. Youngsters and their families can participate in roping, meet the horses and catch the first glimpses of the rodeo before it kicks off.

Friday evening’s sponsor team penning sets the wheels of the weekend in motion at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public and the new Rodeo Queen will be crowned at this time.

Candidates for the 2001 position are Tahoe-Truckee High School students Alicia Blount, Emily Griesmer, Natasha Heckendom, Lindsey Hines, Chantelle Schelbeck and Kaila Leilani Stewart. The winner of this honor will hold the title for one year, traveling as the representative of the Town of Truckee and the rodeo, and will have the opportunity to compete for Miss Rodeo California.

The action begins on Saturday at 4 p.m. with crowd favorites: bull riding, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling. In addition to these main events, rodeo fans can watch women’s barrel racing, calf roping, bareback riding and much more.

For kids ages 12 and under, the Justin Boots kids boot race returns this year on Saturday and Sunday during the rodeo events. Kids will kick off their shoes into a big pile and then race to retrieve their shoes, put them on and race to the line. The winner receives a new pair of Justin Boots.

Rodeo events will wrap-up at 6:30 p.m. with the businessman’s steer decorating, followed by the Junior Horsemen’s dance and BBQ in Regional Park. Rick Hays and American Steele will provide the tunes for the steak and hamburger dinner. The public is encouraged to attend and dinners are $10 for steak and $5 for hamburgers – prices include all the fixins and support the Junior Horsemen.

Sunday events will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the McIver Arena with the same events as Saturday’s lineup and will close for the day at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for adults and children over 12 are $10, $5 for children ages 5-11 and free for children ages 5 and under. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the rodeo hotline at 582-9852.

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